By Dan DeWeese
“You do not like This guy is a lovely puzzle….Which is extra lovely, extra gratifying right here, the tale itself, or the language DeWeese makes use of to inform it?” —Mary Rechner, writer of Nine uncomplicated styles for sophisticated Women
Set within the Pacific Northwest, Dan Deweese’s debut novel offers a witty, heartfelt, and keenly saw day-in-the-life of 1 father of the bride, casting luminous perception into marriage, fatherhood, and financial institution theft. Readers of Benjamin Kunkel, Joshua Ferris, and Kevin Wilson, in addition to fanatics of latest American masters like Philip Roth and Tobias Wolff, can be enthralled via Deweese’s evocative, literary exploration of an everyman protagonist’s quiet struggles and soft joys on essentially the most huge days in his life.
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